So here are five things real estate has made me thankful for
Real estate investing got me out of the rat race
No I am not sitting on a beach in Panama (yet) running my business over the internet. But I was able to quit the 9 to 5 job. No more commutes, no more bosses, no more stuff like this. I now have more time for things I like to do, such as running, spending time with my wife and of course investing in real estate.
Real estate investing taught me many new skills
I can install a kitchen sink and fix minor plumbing. I can hang a door and do minor carpentry. Sure I hire many of these things out now, but it is nice to have these skills. Having these skills has provided me with a confidence (especially when deal with contractors) I did not have before.
Real estate investing has introduced me to many, many new friends and colleagues
From bankers and lawyers to wholesalers and contractors and even other investors, I have met and worked with a lot of great people that I otherwise would have likely never met, and if I had, would only have been in passing.
Real estate investing has broadened my scope of knowledge
Throughout my real estate career I have invested in and read many books and courses which opened my brain to ideas I had never thought of before. My interaction with the folks listed above has taught me about accounting and taxes, law, markets and banking, housing and construction and a host of other things. These are things I would have never had the time or inclination to learn in my 9 to 5 job.
Finally, I am thankful to real estate investing because it has, I believe, made me a better person
My perspective and life has been greatly broadened because of the four items listed above. Real estate investing forces me to get outside of my comfort zone and try things I would never have thought of trying before such as marketing, blogging and writing and just plain talking to people to see if I can help them out or work a deal.
Looking back over these five items, I guess I can say that I am just thankful I got into this business. Sure it has its ups and downs, but overall life is just better and for that I am truly thankful.